Dayanita Singh (Hardcover)

Museum Bhavan

By Dayanita Singh (Photographer), Aveen Sen (Contribution by), Gerhard Steidl (Contribution by)

Steidl, 9783958291614, 298pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/17/2019)
Hardcover (4/22/2013)

List Price: 85.00*
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With Museum Bhavan, Dayanita Singh (born 1961) forges a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same--if not greater--artistic value as prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of 10 individual "museums" in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singh's eponymous traveling exhibition, with prints placed in folding expanding wooden structures.
The images in Museum Bhavan have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as "Little Ladies Museum" and "Ongoing Museum," as well as more specific series such as "Museum of Machines." As in Singh's first project, Sent a Letter (2008), the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which the artist encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book an exhibition.